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Are the footerlinks static or dynamic (different from page to page)?The footer links are a mix of recent and static with recent being the newest content and static being to the top pages. The sidebar links are dynamic, they link only to pages similar in content as the page they are on.
Are all the additional links pointing to the higher quality content on the site?I'd say yes for the most part, some of them point to new articles however so they may not all be top quality. I didn't see any links to low quality pages.
Penguin is about bad external links, not internal links.
I respect your opinion, and like I said, every situation and website is different.
We have about 13 sites up and running, and only 2 of our lower/middle sites got affected that do revenues in the low/mid 6 figures each. Our higher/bigger quality websites did not get affected that have footer and/or sidebar links but for other reasons I believe. However, we still are adjusting our sites that did not get hit including removing most footer and sidebar links.
I don't think just removing footer links will get you out of the Panda or Penguin penalty, but I do believe it will help and is just 1 piece of the big pie. As I mentioned, I have adjusted several things and the positive results are showing.
The few trusted experts are the single entrepreneurs that make net revenue in the 8 figures. Now, if you personally make $10-$30 million net a year then I would respect your opinion more. If you don't, I will continue to trust my experience and the people in my small inter-circle, but you can feel free to laugh in their successful face if you wish.
Again, as I mentioned, every website and situation is different with dozens of very important factors that come into play. All I am saying, based on experience, is I wouldn't recommend adding 150 internal links to your footer or sidebar to every page/most pages on your website. Take it with a grain of salt, and all I'm doing is trying to help and share real life experiences.